Distasteful News Round-Up

August 24, 2014 • Current Affairs

First, trigger warning for generally horrible shit. Child sexual assault, adult sexual assault, lying cops, and assholes in general.

#1: The Curious “Suicide” of Victor White III

This first one comes from my home state and current residence–I’m so proud. (not)

First, the original story:

Back in March, a 22-year old man from New Iberia, Victor White III committed suicide by shooting himself in the back while sitting in the back of a police car. (You’d think the cops would have found that in extremely thorough patdown I’m 99% sure they performed on this man before placing him in the back of their car. Apparently not.)

Now, the recently released autopsy report:

The Iberia Parish Coroner’s Office released the first page of their autopsy report, contradicting the officers’ original story. Their findings showed that when shot, the bullet entered White’s chest, then perforated his  left lung and heart, and exited through his armpit. HOWEVER, the report still lists the death as a suicide.

This is quite interesting. A man in handcuffs, which, as you may recall, generally place the subject’s hands behind him, smuggled a gun past policemen, and while sitting in their car, shot himself in the back. Really? Unless he is extremely limber, how in the world could get his hands around to do that? At the very least, you think the officers would have noticed their suspect jumping and twisting around as performed this incredible feat

#2 Georgia Official Throw a Flash Bang Grenade into a Baby’s Crib–Refuse to Pay Medical Bills

During a SWAT raid in May, which police say was conducted on the tip of an informant stating that there were drugs in the house (there weren’t), officers threw a flash bang grenade into 19 month old Bounkham Phonesavanh’s crib. The child was put in a medically-induced coma and hospitalized for 5 weeks in  the Grady Memorial Hospital’s burn unit. He suffered injuries to the face and 3rd degree burns on his chest.

Originally, county officials said they would pay the medical costs, which were hundreds of thousands of dollars, but they have now changed their mind, stating that it would be illegal of them to do so. But apparently it’s okay to grenade a baby if you suspect there might be drugs in the house.

#3 Couple Lures Two Amish Girls & Planned on Enslaving Them

What would the weekend be without a kidnapping and sexual assault story to wrap everything up? Well, it’d be a fucking great weekend, but it’s not going to happen, so here we go.

In upstate New York, A couple has admitted to investigators that they were on a “shopping trip” for “slaves” when they lured two Amish girls, aged 6 and 12,  to their car with a puppy, and kidnapped them. The children were held captive for a day, chained to a bed, and sexually assaulted. When media coverage started blowing up, the couple abandoned them 12 miles away from where they were being held. The girls are still alive and safe, and the couple is being held without bail.

#4 Oklahoma City Cop Accused of Sexually Assaulting Women He Pulled Over

Hey, look! Another place I used to live is in the news for something horrible. Yay.

Anyway, 27 year old Daniel Holtzclaw was arrested and charged with  3 counts of forcible oral sodomy, two counts of indecent exposure, two counts of rape, and two counts of sexual battery. Investigating officers say that after one woman complained, they started looking into Holtzclaw’s other traffic stops to find potential victims–they found 6, but think there may be more. Great. Like we needed one more reason to be afraid of cops.

*head desk*

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